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The Funding Has Arrived – Now What? Internal Control Guidance Over Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds

Posted by Amy R. Neimeister, CPA, RMA, PSA on Oct 12, 2021 8:30:00 AM
The Funding Has Arrived – Now What? Internal Control Guidance Over Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds

Beginning in 2021, and continuing through 2024, various local government entities (LGEs) have been given the opportunity to receive funding from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. This relief fund was created by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) in order help local governments mitigate the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was intended to help LGEs strengthen COVID-19 response efforts, replace lost revenue, provide stability for residents and local businesses, and ensure the systemic equality of public health resources and economic opportunities.

With such grant funding comes the responsibility to ensure that the LGE is spending the funds appropriately. Local governments that receive relief will need to adhere to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s funding objectives. Implementing proper internal controls over the grant funds is vital, as spending federal monies without such controls puts LGEs at risk of losing or having to return funds to the federal government. The table below illustrates examples of strong internal control policies and procedures that LGEs should consider implementing before spending the grant funds:

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Topics: Government Entities, Federal Services, #COVID-19News

Governments Can Win In the War on Fraud: Accounts Receivable

Posted by Maryann Holloway, CPA, RMA, PSA & Domonic A. Furfari on Sep 7, 2021 8:30:00 AM
Governments Can Win In the War on Fraud: Accounts Receivable

Previously in this series, we wrote that the war on government fraud starts with the five components of internal control known as the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) framework. Internal controls are the foundation every government needs to ensure fraud can be detected and prevented, internally and externally. This article continues the discussion by highlighting another important area in which every government should apply this framework.

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Topics: Government Entities, Federal Services

Understanding The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Posted by Maryann Holloway, CPA, RMA, PSA, Senior Manager on Aug 31, 2021 8:00:00 AM
Understanding The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

If you are a member of the governing body or management of a New Jersey municipal or county government (local government), chances are you are overwhelmed by the amount of information issued by the State of New Jersey and the Federal Government for the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (LFRF) provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). In this article, we present an overview of the resources available to recipients of the LFRF. At Bowman & Company LLP, we review the material as it is issued and can be a resource to you as you navigate compliance with the funding.

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Topics: Government Entities, Federal Services, #COVID-19News

Governments Can Win the War on Fraud: Accounts Payable

Posted by Maryann Holloway, CPA, RMA, PSA & Domonic A. Furfari on Jun 7, 2021 12:17:43 PM
Governments Can Win the War on Fraud: Accounts Payable

In our introduction to this series, we wrote that the war on government fraud starts with the five components of internal control known as the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) framework. Internal controls are the foundation every government needs to ensure fraud can be detected and prevented, internally and externally. This article will continue the discussion by highlighting areas in which every government should apply this framework.

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Topics: Government Entities, Federal Services

The PPP Deadline Extension has been Signed into Law

Posted by AICPA on Apr 1, 2021 3:17:00 PM
The PPP Deadline Extension has been Signed into Law

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline formally changed from March 31 to May 31 on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the extension into law.

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Topics: Government Entities, Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Funeral Homes, Construction, Professional Services, Healthcare, Federal Services

1040 Tax Filing & Payment Deadlines You Need to Know

Posted by AICPA on Apr 1, 2021 11:50:49 AM
1040 Tax Filing & Payment Deadlines You Need to Know

On March 17, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the deadline for individuals to file federal taxes would be extended from April 15 to May 17, 2021 (Notice 2021-21). This week, the IRS issued additional guidance on its postponement of the tax deadline for individuals. Like the news release before it, this most recent notice does not extend the April 15 due date for estimated tax payments. To ensure our clients do not miss the deadline for estimated tax payments, we encourage the early submission and preparation of tax returns.

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Topics: Government Entities, Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Funeral Homes, Construction, Professional Services, Healthcare, Federal Services, #COVID-19News

American Rescue Plan Act: Breaking Down the Latest Relief Bill

Posted by AICPA on Mar 12, 2021 9:31:11 AM
American Rescue Plan Act: Breaking Down the Latest Relief Bill

Yesterday, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. This legislation, also known as H.R. 1319, was first passed by the House on February 27. The Senate made several amendments and passed its version of the bill on March 6. The bill then came back to the House for a final vote on Wednesday and was subsequently signed into effect on March 11.

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Topics: Government Entities, Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Funeral Homes, Construction, Professional Services, Healthcare, Federal Services, #COVID-19News

Governments Can Win the War on Fraud (Series Introduction)

Posted by Maryann Holloway, CPA, RMA, PSA & Domonic A. Furfari on Mar 5, 2021 9:15:00 AM
Governments Can Win the War on Fraud (Series Introduction)

Government Fraud Discovered—a headline that no government official, auditor, or taxpayer ever wants to see. Fraud in government exists in many forms and can be perpetrated by a multitude of persons individually or in collusion with others. External entities, engaged with governments through public projects or contracts, may also bring risk of fraudulent activity. Losses vary widely in amounts and can affect governments both on the international stage as well as within your zip code. 

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Topics: Government Entities, Federal Services

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Signs PPP Loan Forgiveness Measure

Posted by PICPA on Feb 10, 2021 11:50:35 AM
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Signs PPP Loan Forgiveness Measure

The PICPA won a major legislative victory when state lawmakers added a provision addressing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness to legislation providing COVID-19 relief to Pennsylvania small businesses. Senate Bill 109 was approved unanimously by the state House and Senate and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. It is now Act 1 of 2021.

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Topics: Government Entities, Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Funeral Homes, Construction, Professional Services, Federal Services

New Jersey Follows Federal Lead on Taxability of PPP Loans

Posted by NJCPA on Feb 10, 2021 10:08:40 AM
New Jersey Follows Federal Lead on Taxability of PPP Loans

Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and  State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio announced that New Jersey will follow the federal government's lead in making PPP loans tax exempt at the state level and allowing recipients to deduct business expenses that were paid with the loan proceeds.

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Topics: Government Entities, Not-for-Profits, For-Profit Entities, Funeral Homes, Construction, Professional Services, Federal Services, #COVID-19News